Ghada Y. Afifi, M.D. FACS

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Dr. Ghada Afifi has trained in many areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery, having wished to become a plastic surgeon since the age of 12, when she watched a documentary about a plastic surgeon who traveled to third world countries to perform reconstructive surgery on children and adults with birth and traumatic injuries.  Dr. Afifi is honored to help patients at the Alessi Institute achieve their personal goals of self improvement through cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.  You will find her to be caring, professional, realistic and honest about what she can achieve for each individual patient.

When it comes to beauty, Dr. Afifi explains, “We are all born with beauty. It’s not in just a few of us; it’s in all of us.  But each person has their own definition of beauty. My passion is liberating that inner potential. By using medical science and innate art to transform a person, I allow him or her to be affected within, as well as shine to those around them”.



  • Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York – top accelerated scholar
  • Medical Degree, Albany Medical College, New York. Honored as a member of the elite Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical society comprised of the top ten percent of medical students in the country
  • General Surgery Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Connecticut
  • Plastic Surgery Residency, University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship, Craniofacial & Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, California

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  • Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Board Certified, American Board of Surgery



  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honors Society
  • W. Brandon Macomber Award – Plastic Surgery
  • Letter of Commendation for Scholastic Excellence
  • Daggett Trust Prize for Professional Performance and Conduct
  • Academic Achievement Award of the Medical Society of Albany, NY
  • Summa Cum Laude and Top Accelerated Graduate
  • Rensselaer Medal Award & Scholarship and Top Mathematics and Achievement Award
  • Who’s Who in the United States



  • State of California
  • State of Pennsylvania



  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Loma Linda University
  • Past Clinical Assistant Professor (Voluntary), UCSD



  • Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA
  • Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center
  • Past Chief, Plastic Surgery Division, Loma Linda Veterans Hospital, CA



  • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
  • Orange County Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Yale Surgical Society
  • San Diego Plastic Surgery Society
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • Association for Advancement of Wound Care
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • Past elected Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Surveyor


Performing surgery on children and adults with deformities, internationally.

  • Member, Rotaplast International
  • Operation Good Samaritan
  • Magic Mirror Foundation



  • Good Morning America: Cosmetic Surgery-Two part special
  • Philadelphia News: Alternatives in Cosmetic Surgery
  • News, Channels 7, 4 & 11: Conjoined Twins Press Conference–Loma Linda University Medical Center
  • Discovery Health: “Plastic Surgery: Before & After”
  • NBC: Extra Television Show
  • CBS: Women 2 Women
  • Southland Today Talk Show: Silicone Versus Saline
  • KRCV: The Humberto Luna Radio Show
  • Nile Television International: Plastic Surgery Today
  • E! Entertainment TV:   “Celebrity Plastic Surgery:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” in which Dr. Afifi was in the “Good Celebrity Plastic Surgery” category.
  • E! Entertainment TV:  “Top 20 Best and Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgery” in which Dr. Afifi was #10, as one of the best celebrity plastic surgery cases.
  • Featured in The Insider:  showing Shar Jackson, who underwent breast lift and tummy tuck by Dr. Afifi
  • Featured in:  In Touch, Splash, National Enquirer, Teen Magazine